Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

February 10, 2016

A Water Park for the Art Tourist

Jason deCaires Taylor unveils his final additions to underwater sculpture park, MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte)

Mexico (2013)— Jason deCaires Taylor  revealed his final sculptures for MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte), a long-term project devoted to diverting underwater tourist traffic away from delicate coral reefs. Designed as a tour of Mexico’s Punta Nizuc reef system in the waters of Cancún, his contributions now total 510 permanent sculptures made from live transplanted … Read More

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January 8, 2016

“Duwamish Revealed”

Artworks and programs center on Seattle's only river

Seattle, Wash. – Duwamish Revealed, “a creative celebration of Seattle’s only river,” presented a series of installations, performances, and community events from June 1 to September 30, 2015. Artistic directors Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage, who brought The Living Barge Project to the Duwamish in 2006, partnered with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) … Read More

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December 21, 2015

“Gazing Globes”

Artist: Paula Hayes

New York, N.Y. – For Gazing Globes, her first outdoor sculpture exhibition in New York, Paula Hayes recycled contemporary technological and industrial scrap material into a series of fantastical miniature landscapes housed within 18 transparent spheres on fiberglass pedestals. Like freshly fallen snow, dust made from pulverized CDs coated the multicolored metals and plastics of … Read More

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December 18, 2015

Boston’s Isles Arts Initiative

Summer series celebrates Harbor Islands

Boston, Mass. – From July 11 – August 26, 2015, the Isles Arts Initiative animated the Boston Harbor Islands with a series of site-specific installations and performances. Aimed to raise awareness of the intrinsic value of the islands, the public art series paired art interventions with inventive performances and a responsive gallery show. The Boston … Read More

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December 14, 2015

“COSMO”

Designer: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

VIDEO – New York, N.Y. – The winner of this year’s Young Architects Program (YAP) at MoMA PS1 is COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation. COSMO was the sixteenth installation in the series. The work was housed in the museum’s courtyard from June 23–September 7, 2015. Working within environmental guidelines that emphasize … Read More

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December 9, 2015

Market Street Prototyping Festival

New Design Experiments for San Francisco

San Francisco, Calif. – A series of fifty “prototypes” designed to improve civic life lined San Francisco’s main thoroughfare for the first ever Market Street Prototyping Festival from April 9-11, 2015 . The festival related to the city’s Better Market Street initiative and was a joint effort of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the … Read More

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November 11, 2015

“Recurrence” 1

Artist: Luftwerk

Tampa, Fla. – VIDEO Installed in Kiley Gardens as part of this year’s Lights on Tampa, from February 20 to 21, Chicago-based artist collaboration Luftwerk‘s creation, Recurrence, set a 72-foot by 39-foot grid of 84 programmable LED lights on the ground at heights from six to 18 inches. The grid was illuminated in patterns that illustrated … Read More

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August 10, 2015

“36.5 / a durational performance with the sea”

Artist: Sarah Cameron Sunde

Amsterdam — From 8:15 AM to 9:01 PM on August 10, New York-based artist and director Sarah Cameron Sunde stood in a tidal bay in Katwijk aan Zee on the west coast of the Netherlands for a full tidal cycle. Over this period of 12 hours and 46 minutes, the water rose to her neck and … Read More

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April 20, 2015

“A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle”

Jennifer Wen Ma brought a small forest to Pittsburgh's Market Square

Pittsburgh, Penn. – Multimedia artist Jennifer Wen Ma invited people to contemplate the transition from winter to spring with her recent installation in Pittsburgh’s Market Square, A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle. During the cold spell in February, she brought a small forest of trees into the urban square, painted them black with Chinese ink, and … Read More

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April 15, 2015

Confluence Project Art To Establish Maintenance Fund

Part of a $1 million gift may be used to create a maintenance endowment

Cape Disappointment, Wash. – After being exposed to the elements for ten years, some of the art installations by Maya Lin at the Cape Disappointment, Washington, one site of the Confluence Project, need maintenance. The fish cleaning station has been worn down so much that the lettering of the Chinook creation story needs to be re-etched, and … Read More

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April 10, 2015

Summer Strandbeest Events Announced

Theo Jansen continues to develop this ongoing project

Theo Jansen’s self-propelling Strandbeest creatures, made out of plastic, wood, and cloth, can “walk on wind.” Using his knowledge of both engineering and art, Jansen has been developing the creatures to react to their environments. The Strandbeests have evolved over time so that some can now store wind power, sense water, or even anchor themselves to the ground … Read More

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March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations … Read More

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